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McSlaggart

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It took the last Tory government the best part of 18 years to become mired in sleaze, but Boris Johnson’s administration is smelling of it already. Whether doling out lucrative contracts, helping billionaire property developers cut costs, or handing out lifetime seats in the House of Lords, the guiding principle seems to be brazen cronyism, coupled with the arrogance of those who believe they are untouchable and that rules are for little people.

This week came word of at least £156m of taxpayers’ money wasted on 50 million face masks deemed unsuitable for the NHS. They were bought from a private equity firm through a company that had no track record of producing personal protective equipment – or indeed anything for that matter – and that had a share capital of just £100. But this company, Prospermill, had a crucial asset. It was co-owned by one Andrew Mills, adviser to the government, staunch Brexiteer and cheerleader for international trade secretary, Liz Truss.

Somehow Prospermill managed to persuade the government to part with £252m, boasting that it had secured exclusive rights over a PPE factory in China. Just one problem. The masks it produced use ear loops, when only masks tied at the head are judged by the government to be suitable for NHS staff. If the government wanted to spend £156m on masks for the nation’s kids to play doctors and nurses, this was a great deal. But in the fight against a pandemic, it was useless.
 

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It took the last Tory government the best part of 18 years to become mired in sleaze, but Boris Johnson’s administration is smelling of it already. Whether doling out lucrative contracts, helping billionaire property developers cut costs, or handing out lifetime seats in the House of Lords, the guiding principle seems to be brazen cronyism, coupled with the arrogance of those who believe they are untouchable and that rules are for little people.

This week came word of at least £156m of taxpayers’ money wasted on 50 million face masks deemed unsuitable for the NHS. They were bought from a private equity firm through a company that had no track record of producing personal protective equipment – or indeed anything for that matter – and that had a share capital of just £100. But this company, Prospermill, had a crucial asset. It was co-owned by one Andrew Mills, adviser to the government, staunch Brexiteer and cheerleader for international trade secretary, Liz Truss.

Somehow Prospermill managed to persuade the government to part with £252m, boasting that it had secured exclusive rights over a PPE factory in China. Just one problem. The masks it produced use ear loops, when only masks tied at the head are judged by the government to be suitable for NHS staff. If the government wanted to spend £156m on masks for the nation’s kids to play doctors and nurses, this was a great deal. But in the fight against a pandemic, it was useless.
I'm surprised if took so long, Johnson is the ultimate spread bag.
 

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The fact is that Johnson is head of a Brexiteer government which has nothing but contempt for its European neighbours.

The fact that such a government indulges in promoting its own insiders and indulges in corruption is not much of a surprise.
 

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Goooood thread. Been meaning to set this up for a while.

A worthy adddition:

Jenrick overturned a decision by the council and the government’s planning inspectorate in order to approve a 1,500-apartment, 44-storey development proposed by the former media baron and pornographer at Westferry Printworks, a former printing plant in east London.
Emails between civil servants were released last week by the housing secretary after pressure from Labour, and suggested that Jenrick was “insistent” the decision was passed in time for Desmond to avoid a £45m community levy to the borough. Desmond later donated £12,000 to the party. Parts of the 129 pages that were released were redacted.
 

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It's really a small Trump's-US at this stage.

Both a heady mix of Kakistocracy and kleptocracy....
 

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It took the last Tory government the best part of 18 years to become mired in sleaze, but Boris Johnson’s administration is smelling of it already. Whether doling out lucrative contracts, helping billionaire property developers cut costs, or handing out lifetime seats in the House of Lords, the guiding principle seems to be brazen cronyism, coupled with the arrogance of those who believe they are untouchable and that rules are for little people.

This week came word of at least £156m of taxpayers’ money wasted on 50 million face masks deemed unsuitable for the NHS. They were bought from a private equity firm through a company that had no track record of producing personal protective equipment – or indeed anything for that matter – and that had a share capital of just £100. But this company, Prospermill, had a crucial asset. It was co-owned by one Andrew Mills, adviser to the government, staunch Brexiteer and cheerleader for international trade secretary, Liz Truss.

Somehow Prospermill managed to persuade the government to part with £252m, boasting that it had secured exclusive rights over a PPE factory in China. Just one problem. The masks it produced use ear loops, when only masks tied at the head are judged by the government to be suitable for NHS staff. If the government wanted to spend £156m on masks for the nation’s kids to play doctors and nurses, this was a great deal. But in the fight against a pandemic, it was useless.
Crikes that’s unbelievable.
 

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Looks like they should be police investigations- looks like Mills misused his office and he certainly had a major conflict of interest in arranging a supply of masks from a company he owned. The fact that they turned out to be inadequate means someone didn't do their job in the civil service of asking whether these masks met standards.

The only way a government would blow many millions like that on unchecked equipment is if they suppressed the normal checks on procurement. I'd definitely have the cops looking into that one.

Jenrick could also do with being made to make a statement on his connection and communications with Desmond before an investigation starts. The one thing you can be certain of is that neither of those MPs will have been doing all that intervening for nothing.
 

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the white paper on the internal uk market will reserve subsidy money to Westminster. I wonder why? could it be cos then they can just hand it out to all their corrupt chums?
 

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Looks like they should be police investigations- looks like Mills misused his office and he certainly had a major conflict of interest in arranging a supply of masks from a company he owned. The fact that they turned out to be inadequate means someone didn't do their job in the civil service of asking whether these masks met standards.

The only way a government would blow many millions like that on unchecked equipment is if they suppressed the normal checks on procurement. I'd definitely have the cops looking into that one.

Jenrick could also do with being made to make a statement on his connection and communications with Desmond before an investigation starts. The one thing you can be certain of is that neither of those MPs will have been doing all that intervening for nothing.

Johnson had met privately with Desmond twice for dinner and agreed matters, a few months earlier, probably had forgotten about during Covid and Jenrick had to come storming in at the last minute to finalise and cover Johnson's arrangements with Desmond.
 

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Seriously though:


It's to McSlag's point in the OP: This is end of regime stuff, not the beginning. The results is unsustainable. They will end up doing what Scotland has done. And it's stunning that they still don't see that.
 

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Wonder what results Grayling got. Probably fell over, sparked a lighter in his pocket and immolated the examinations hall. Ministerial material straight away.
 

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Patel’s approach to the migrants is fascinating. For decades we’ve had home office ministers from both parties with the line of “France and Spain are perfectly safe, but we still have to process these asylum seekers before sending them back because of the law”.

****ing Patel’s having none of that.

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Her line is “France isn’t safe, it’s a racist country, the migrants speak of torture. But I still don’t want to process them, let’s get the navy”.

Lots of incompetence and graft in the Tories; every interview with her and she’s the only one that comes across like she’s a genuinely bad person to her core.
 

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Patel’s approach to the migrants is fascinating. For decades we’ve had home office ministers from both parties with the line of “France and Spain are perfectly safe, but we still have to process these asylum seekers before sending them back because of the law”.

****ing Patel’s having none of that.

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Her line is “France isn’t safe, it’s a racist country, the migrants speak of torture. But I still don’t want to process them, let’s get the navy”.

Lots of incompetence and graft in the Tories; every interview with her and she’s the only one that comes across like she’s a genuinely bad person to her core.
I find her particularly vile. Her form of evil is both conscious and adeptly applied. She is a deeply nasty piece of work. She took to her role with relish.

I've seen the question posed as to how female leaders do not initiate conflicts. Yet there is a troika in May, Rudd, and Patel who have shown very nasty sides. Maybe they are over-compensating. Thatcher without the charm, if you wish.

She might also wish to consider one pull factor for migrants seeking to get to the UK: the last time i checked, they speak a form of English in the UK.

She might also wish to look at the UK's recent history of racist policies, not restricted to the "hostile environment" or the Windrush scandal, before throwing around the R-word. She is a disgrace and a liar. She also typifies the government of which she is a part.

I realise that I have not quite managed to articulate the depth of disgust I have for her.
 

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Led by the Science:


Philip Ball looks at the structures of scientific advice in government, and asks what the events of 2020 might teach us in the future?


A radio program on the British approach to the virus and how it "was led by the scienceE
 

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Great attack ad. Multiple Tory MPs saying this is a shambles. Bojo has no actual values so seems incapable of predicting his party’s reactions to things. The entire handling of this is anti-conservative. The AAA students should be feasting on the bones of the CCCs. They’re about exceptionalism and pulling yourself up.

Williamson is an excellent whip. Williamson has never shown himself to be any use as a minister to anyone except China.
 

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